So, this is Emma's first week of school. EVER. I've been homeschooling her up to this point, but she headed out the door to middle school on Monday. I met with the nurse and her counselor a couple of weeks ago to talk through how things would work and then all of her teachers last week to introduce them to her diabetes. They are basically letting her do everything on her own - she stops in the clinic once a day right now just so the nurse can be familiar with her but then she's even going to stop that. So, lots of lessons learned this week: - Monday. The WiFi is horrible at the beginning of the school year. I wasn't getting her readings from her Dex, so I just asked her to text me her number before lunch. I didn't get a text but then I get a call from the school number - great, I'm thinking its the nurse calling to tell me something is wrong. Nope, it's Emma who called me because she was having trouble texting with the WiFi challenges. - Tuesday. So with the WiFi problems on Monday, my older son gave Emma a tip to help with battery power. So, when she got to school, she put her phone on airplane mode and then turned the WiFi on. Saved the battery but she forgot that airplane mode also turned off Bluetooth, so I wasn't getting readings. She realized it around lunch time and turned it on, so I got readings from then on. She texted me to let me know what time she had lunch, because we didn't know before hand. - Wednesday. So, the sensor was scheduled to restart around 9am, but I restarted it around 6am so she could calibrate with breakfast and we could get readings at school. All is well and good. I'm not getting readings for most of the morning, but I've stopped caring at this point. But then she texts me and tells me the sensor just isn't going to make it and its going to die. WELL, we hadn't discussed procedures for her remembering to do post-meal checks because we expected to have the dexcom. TO DO: Plan for non-sensor days and set up some alarms in her phone for checking. -Thursday. Getting good readings. Everything looks good and after a few days of running high due to the excitement, she's settling down. I watched as she was dropping, but I didn't want to text her. Wanted to see her handle it herself. So, I get a text from her asking if her meter was sitting on the desk in the kitchen. EEK! Yes, it was. She had put a new vial of strips in this morning and then forgot to put it back in her bag. I'm somewhat trapped in the house because I have a truck in my driveway and hoses running into the house because we're getting our ducts cleaned. I told her to just treat the low based on the Dexcom and go to the clinic before lunch and use the backup meter. Until I realized the backup meter is still sitting here in the kitchen - I had needed to replace the batteries so I hadn't taken it in yet. SO, I had to have the workmen move their truck so I could get out of the driveway and I run up to school to hand her her meter as she's changing classes and then take the backup meter into the clinic. TO DO: Build a packing checklist to make sure she has everything each day before she walks out of the house. Wonder what tomorrow will bring us? These are all pretty low-level issues but this is all new for us.